John Luther (MP)

John Luther (c.1739–1786) was an English politician.


The son of Richard Luther of Ongar, Essex, he was educated at Newcome's School in Hackney, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he matriculated in 1756, graduating B.A. and M.A. in 1761. He had entered the Middle Temple to study law in 1755.[1]

He was elected a member of the Parliament of Great Britain for Essex from 13 December 1763 to 1784.[2] A Whig, he left his wife in 1764 and went to Paris at the time when the government was pursuing John Wilkes. Richard Watson persuaded him to return and be reconciled with his wife and family.[2]


On 20 January 1762 Luther had obtained a licence to marry Levina Alexander Bennet,[3] daughter of Bennet Alexander Bennet (1702–1745) and his wife Mary Ash (born 1719), who married again in 1747 to Richard Bull. Levina's brother was Richard Henry Alexander Bennet.

His nephew Francis Fane of Spettisbury (1752–1813), was MP for Lyme Regis and Dorset.[2]


  1. "Luther, John (LTR756J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. 1 2 3 "Luther, John (?1739–86), of Myles's, nr. Ongar, Essex". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  3. London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921, database on-line, Provo, UT, USA. (subscription required) Accessed 15 December 2015
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Harvey
Sir William Maynard
Member of Parliament for Essex
With: Sir William Maynard 1763–1772
John Conyers (1717-1775) 1772-1775
William Harvey 1775-1779
Thomas Berney Bramston 1779-1784
Succeeded by
Colonel John Bullock
Thomas Berney Bramston
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